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Diagnosing nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer

North Carolina patients know that time is critical when it comes to cancer diagnoses. To that end, it is important for doctors to use the proper tools to diagnose cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages.

In cases of suspected nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer, doctors should perform a complete physical exam of the patient to check for any lumps on the neck and face. The nose, tongue, mouth and throat should also be examined for any irregularities. Because nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer can mimic the symptoms of chronic sinusitis, several other diagnostic tests may be performed to differentiate between the two conditions. These may include a biopsy, endoscopy, X-ray, computed tomography scan, magnetic resonance imaging scan, bone scan and positron emission tomography scan.

After all physical exams and diagnostic tests are completed, the doctor will assess the results and tell the patient whether or not nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer is present. The doctor will also use the test results to gauge the stage that the cancer is at and determine the best treatment options available.

If a doctor fails to properly diagnose nasal cavity and paranasal sinus cancer, a patient may suffer a needlessly worsened medical condition. In such cases, it may be advisable to meet with a medical malpractice attorney to see what recourse they might have. The attorney will need to determine whether such failure amounted to a breach of the duty of care owed by the practitioner to the patient who has been harmed. This can be done by, among other things, obtaining the opinions of one or more medical experts.

Source: Cancer, "Nasal Cavity and Paranasal Sinus Cancer: Diagnosis," May 31, 2017

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